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Water from parking garages is used to cool a theater and irrigate landscapes in Lyon

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Servir le public | 07.29.11 | Quick read

In Lyon, a company that manages parking garages wanted to create a positive environmental impact for structures that have many negative ones. Lyon Parc Auto thus introduced a novel method to make use of the water pumped under its underground parking lots.

Ludovic Deblois

Ludovic Deblois

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Founder | Wysips


Wysips grafts a solar panel onto the screen of your smartphone

Smart Work Centers to reduce by half the surface of business premises

Smart Work Centers to reduce by half the surface of business premises

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by Elsa Sidawy | InnovCity.com | 07.26.11

Amsterdam aims at reducing by 40% its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, compared to the 1990 levels. The city launched the Amsterdam Smart City programme, which notably includes an original initiative that encourages city employees to go to Smart Work Centers in order to reduce the disastrous effects of daily commutes on their quality of life and on the environment.


One hundred Smart Grid projects funded in the United States through the Obama plan

One hundred Smart Grid projects funded in the United States through the Obama plan

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by Nathalie Mettling | 07.25.11

The term “Smart Grid” was propelled into the news in 2008 with Obama’s stimulus package, which pumped $ 40 billion into the U.S. Energy sector including 4.5 billion into the Smart Grid, or more precisely the improvement and upgrade of the electric grid. But what is behind the money? And specifically how is it spent?

Will Vancouver become the greenest city in the world in 2020?

Will Vancouver become the greenest city in the world in 2020?

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par Elsa Sidawy | InnovCity.com | 07.22.11

Barely recovering from the Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver has just taken up another challenge. The Canadian city is dreaming of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020. It has been voted “the most liveable city in the world” in 2009, according to a ranking from The Economist, and has many assets that will help it reach this goal.

Ethera measures interior air chemical pollutants thanks to nanoporous collectors

Ethera measures interior air chemical pollutants thanks to nanoporous collectors

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par Elsa Sidawy | InnovCity.com | 07.21.11

Formaldehyde, benzene, nitrogen dioxide, phthalates… What all these substances, which are potentially harmful to health, have in common is they can be found in our homes, at sometimes alarming levels. The firm Ethera is developing tools to detect these pollutants almost in real time, with an innovative technology that makes laboratories’ long and expensive samplings and analyses obsolete.

European cities towards electric mobility

European cities towards electric mobility

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by Sally Kneeshaw | 07.20.11

Cities are responsible for nearly 80% of carbon dioxide emissions, and in the EU transport accounts for around 25% of those emissions. The EVUE (Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe) project within the URBACT Programme provides a platform for cities to learn together how best to increase the use of electric vehicles.

A solid wood system brings timber to the city

A solid wood system brings timber to the city

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par Elsa Sidawy | InnovCity.com | 07.19.11

In November 2009, Eric Guez began marketing in France apartment buildings designed in solid wood, a technical innovation that allows one to build upwards. This inventive method creates buildings as durable but cleaner than those constructed with the typical materials of contractors today.

CO2GO calculates in real-time CO2 emissions linked to transport

CO2GO calculates in real-time CO2 emissions linked to transport

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par Elsa Sidawy | InnovCity.com | 07.18.11

The use of so-called smart phones to measure pollution, traffic and noise pollution has become the new favorite tool of researchers and companies experimenting in these areas. The SENSEable City Lab at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology is no exception and is currently refining CO2GO, an application that allows users to individually adapt their mode of transport to reduce the collective footprint linked to mobility.

Oakland residents will measure pollution rates with their mobiles

Oakland residents will measure pollution rates with their mobiles

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The Bay Citizen | 07.15.11 | Quick read

Intel and a californian association have partnered to develop sensors for mobile phones capable of measuring particulate pollutants emitted by cars and industries.

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Open data is certainly the next innovation field for self-service citizen applications and it will create transparency and responsibility.

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